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Graduate Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 5.0 out of 5
37 reviews
$8k - $9k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$8k - $9k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Graduate Minneapolis is a professional hotel where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. This sought-after venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2013. The industrial venue specializes in unique weddings, making them memorable for each couple and all guests.

Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests’ home. The lobby is lounge-central for air hockey tournaments or eating from the roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate & elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, the hotel has the perfect space for couples to host their wedding. The Meridian Ballroom, their most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 350 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 150 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts a Topgolf Swing Suite, ideal for pre-function gatherings and two Get Ready Rooms, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.

Services Offered
Whether couples are celebrating their special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. Couples also receive in-house catering along furniture, linen, china and glassware. Other accommodations provided include:

  • One-bedroom suite for the night of the wedding
  • Liability insurance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet-friendly attitude
  • Chairs, tables, and dancefloor
  • Barware, flatware, and glassware
  • Parking, wheelchair access, and a shuttle

Cuisine
Graduate Minneapolis’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs with vegetarian/vegan options and lactose, nut, and gluten-free meals. Their other catering abilities include:

  • Cocktail receptions
  • French service
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Organic or pork-free cuisine

Location
Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$250

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$12

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Specialty Beer

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

350

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

10

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December

37 Reviews

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Rated
5.0
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Recommended by 99% of couples
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  • Flexibility
    Rating 5 out of 5

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  • Kevin
    Kevin R. Married on 10/23/2021
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    Excellent venue

    We worked with Michael and his team for a wonderful, stress-free event. Everything was VERY well organized, and Michael kept us on schedule for all of our decisions. Couldn't have made a better choice going with The Graduate!

    Graduate Minneapolis's reply:

    Thank you for the great review. We enjoyed hosting your wedding and glad we could provide a stress free event. Wishing you both all the best!
  • Eric
    Eric B. Married on 08/07/2020
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    Amazing, Beautiful, and Affordable Venue!

    We got married on 8/6/2021, after postponing it a year due to COVID, and The Graduate's Event Director and staff were so understanding when we decided to postpone our wedding and easy to work with leading up to our wedding. Initially, we looked at several venues, but the Event Director, Michael Wicinski, won us over on The Graduate. He was absolutely wonderful to work with and helped us through all the details to make sure our big day was everything we could have asked for. Michael continued to blow us out of the water with his warmth, excellent customer service, meticulous organization and detail orientation. He made our wedding planning stress free. Our wedding was biking-themed, and The Graduate made sure we had a bike as part of our decor as well as for our photos. They definitely went above and beyond, and we couldn't be more happy with how our wedding reception turned out. We HIGHLY recommend anyone to have The Graduate as their wedding venue!

    Graduate Minneapolis's reply:

    We are so thrilled that we had the opportunity to host your wedding reception at Graduate Minneapolis and glad that we could make it stress free during a pandemic! We cannot wait to see your pictures with our Graduate bike and wish you both all the best!

Awards

  • 37
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Deals

Graduate Minneapolis 1
Offer

Book your new 2022 or 2023 Wedding and choose 3 perks:

-Waived Ceremony Fee

-Upgrade One-Bedroom Suite to Presidential Suite*

-One-Bedroom Suite for 2 Nights (night before and night of wedding)*

-Additional tray-passed hors d' oeuvres

-1 Hour at our TopGolf Swing Suite for Wedding Party (day of event, limit of 8 guests)

-Upgraded Post-Wedding Brunch (with purchase of Continental Breakfast)

*Cannot be combined

Pricing

Team

Michael Wicinski
Michael Wicinski
Director of Catering

Michael loves to help couples plan the perfect wedding day. With flexibility in mind he will work to make sure every detail is carefully planned and executed. Michael has over 15+ years experience in wedding & event services and has a passion for planning unique and extraordinary experiences.

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements
Bellagala Photography Bellagala Photography Wedding Photographers

Commons Hotel are fantastic at what they do! They really appreciate and always work to reach everyone's needs. The team there were so helpful and really worked hard to make everything perfect!

Après Event Decor & Tent Rental Après Event Decor & Tent Rental Wedding Rentals

We are always happy to work with Brenda Picasso at The Commons Hotel!

Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment Wedding DJs

The Commons Hotel is a fantastic place to have your reception. Beautiful Venue and Friendly Staff.

Map

615 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, MN, 55414
(612) 379-8888
612-379-8888
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Graduate Minneapolis frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Graduate Minneapolis?

Graduate Minneapolis includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Graduate Minneapolis, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Graduate Minneapolis includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Graduate Minneapolis, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Graduate Minneapolis includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Specialty Beer

What are the most important characteristics of Graduate Minneapolis in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Graduate Minneapolis for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Graduate Minneapolis for wedding events?

Graduate Minneapolis offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Graduate Minneapolis offer?

Graduate Minneapolis offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Graduate Minneapolis offer for wedding events?

Graduate Minneapolis offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Graduate Minneapolis have available for wedding events?

Graduate Minneapolis offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Graduate Minneapolis and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Graduate Minneapolis is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Graduate Minneapolis offer?

Graduate Minneapolis currently offers 1 offer promotion for wedding services.

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